Romantic Ireland 11 Days

Dublin – Kilkenny – Kinsale – Tralee –  Galway – Cong – Adare

Romantic Ireland 11 Days

Welcome to Ireland

Highlights

Your Romantic Ireland 11 Days itinerary is the perfect fairy-tale getaway to the Emerald Isle over the a relaxing 11 days.

Above all, consult with your Travel Expert. We will ensure that the highlights of your trip are booked in advance so you won’t miss out on the fun!  Lots of time at leisure will be built in so you can explore on your own, and at your own pace. Let the journey guide you.

Read more about why we love the Romantic Ireland 11 Days.

Make it Yours

  • Accommodation – Ireland offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels.  Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget.  Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
  • Day tours and entrance tickets – pre-scheduled tours and experiences for a seamless and enriching travel experience!
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Romantic Ireland 11 Days Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Welcome to Ireland!  Enjoy a peaceful vacation in some of the most beautiful locations that are ideal for a romantic escape.  Upon arrival, a private driver will meet you at the airport arrivals hall and take you to your hotel.  Check in to your excellent accommodations and begin exploring the capital city of Dublin.

Overnight in Dublin

Day 2: Dublin

Dublin is a small capital but has numerous amounts of history and sights to see. Spend the day exploring the beautiful city of Dublin. We recommend a walk to Grafton Street and Temple Bar, visiting Guinness Brewery, or Jameson Whiskey Distillery. 

A romantic suggestion for the afternoon is visiting the Tea Room at the Clarence Hotel for a quick afternoon tea. Afterwards, pop into an Irish Bar to experience the rhythmic sounds of Irish music and a pint or two. 

Overnight in Dublin

Day 3: Dublin to Kilkenny

On the way to Kilkenny, you will stop at Glendalough, a medieval monastery situated in the valley near a lake. You will then head to Kilkenny. Kilkenny is famous for the majestic castle, a bustling arts and crafts industry, historic cobbled lanes, and secret passages. Take a tour of Kilkenny Castle and then head over for a quick pint and a tour of the Smithwick’s Brewery if time permits. 

Consult with your travel expert about a romantic dinner during your stay in Kilkenny.  

Overnight in Kilkenny

Day 4: Kilkenny to Kinsale

After a delightful breakfast, head further south to the adorable village of Kinsale.  Known for its picturesque town with gorgeous colorful storefronts and beautiful boats in the harbor, you will surely fall in love. While wandering through the village, visit the historic star-shaped fortress of Charles Fort. 

Check in to your accommodations for the night, and try some of their famous seafood for dinner.

Overnight in Kinsale

Day 5: Kinsale to Tralee

Indulge in a fabulous Irish breakfast and then head north to the historic Blarney Castle. According to legend, the stone has the power to give anyone who kisses it the “gift of the gab,” or eloquence. 

For a more relaxing experience, take a stroll through the Blarney Castle Gardens and Rock Close. After you have had your fill of this majestic settlement, make your way to the Kingdom of Kerry.  You will then travel to the town of Tralee. Check in to your incredible accommodations and be treated like royalty.  

Overnight in Tralee

Day 6: Tralee

Eat breakfast and then set out to discover what National Geographic once deemed, “the most beautiful place on earth,” the Dingle Peninsula.  The Dingle Peninsula is on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and every turn leads down meandering country lanes to wild hedgerows, endless skies, and cozy thatched pubs.  This is Ireland at its best!  Stop in Dingle for eclectic fashion and jewelry shops and quaint cafes and then take a stroll along the shores of the magnificent Inch Beach.  

Overnight in Tralee

Day 7: Tralee to Galway

Head north to explore the iconic Cliffs of Moher.  Sitting 750 feet above the roaring Atlantic ocean, you will be captivated by these dramatic sea cliffs in County Clare.  Continue on your scenic drive through Burren National Park, keep an eye out for the unique etched slabs of rock.  

Arrive in Galway and check in to your hotel and explore this energetic setting. This city has a reputation for artistic creativity and up-tempo vibe that’s played out in a full calendar of festivals and events. Ask your Travel Expert about festivals or events during the time you will be traveling. 

Overnight in Galway

Day 8: Galway

Head to Rossaveal Port, where you will get a ferry to Inishmore, one of the amazing Aran Islands. Once on Inishmore, you will be able to take a tour of the island itself. The island is known for its unique landscape featuring crisscrossed stone walls, and beaches, as well as still maintaining aspects of traditional Irish life. Return back to Galway and ask your Travel Expert for ideas for a fabulous dinner in this city.

Overnight in Galway

Day 9: Galway to Cong

See the Connemara region, national park, and explore Kylemore Abbey. This romantic region frozen in time with its old stone walls, ponies, and wild landscape is the very essence of Ireland.  Irish language, song, dance, and literature are all to be found in abundance here. You will also have a chance to see the incredible Kylemore Abbey, which is one of the greatest ever testaments to love, which stands in stately elegance.  

You will have an unforgettable stay at the breathtaking property of Ashford Castle, where you will be treated like a King and Queen.

Overnight in Ashford Castle

Day 10 : Cong to Adare

For your last day in Ireland, travel south to the adorable village of Adare and stay at the luxurious Adare Manor.  You will be offered a lavish welcome, luxurious rooms, and the opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime.  Eat a delicious dinner, have a pint, and celebrate the perfect fairytale trip to Ireland. 

Overnight in Adare Manor

Day 11: Depart for Home

Wake up, enjoy a lovely meal, and head back to the airport. Say “slán agat” to the Emerald Isle.

Get Ready to Travel!

Your Romantic Ireland 11 Days at a glance:

Romantic Ireland 11 Days Highlights:

Selected activities based on your interests:

Why We Love this Tour

Your Romantic Ireland 11 Days itinerary is the perfect fairy-tale getaway to the Emerald Isle. You are able to see the famous features of Ireland with highlighted romantic experiences. 

We love this itinerary because it allows you to see the highlights of Ireland as a first-time visitor, or you can relive the best of Ireland if you’ve been before. Beginning in Dublin, traversing into  Kilkenny, then finishing the tour in Galway, you’ll have many sightseeing and touring opportunities full of idyllic views.

Why We Love Dublin

Ireland’s capital city of Dublin blends modern amenities with charming historic neighborhoods. A flourishing food scene for everyone to enjoy. Explore the iconic sites such as the Guinness Storehouse, the Glasnevin Cemetery, and the Kilmainham Gaol.  Enjoy a pint and live music in a pub in the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. Join a tour about the Easter Rising or Ireland’s rich literature, or take a tour of Jameson Whiskey Distillery.

Why We Love Kilkenny 

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, dating as far back as the 6th century. At the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, Kilkenny is famed for its electric atmosphere played out in its maze of narrow Norman alleyways. Twisting and turning around abbeys, cathedrals, and crumbling city walls, there’s even an early 12th-century castle dropped in the middle of it all. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens that attract artistic locals, giddy kids, and chilled-out tourists on sunny days.

Why We Love Kinsale

The town of Kinsale is notorious for its warm and welcoming population, colorful structures, abundant history, and seafood. This vibrant coastal town is a great intimate stop on the way to Galway. We recommend visiting the James and Charles forts, both situated on the river’s banks.

Why We Love County Kerry

County Kerry is ideal for those who want to experience picturesque Ireland at its peak. The rambling roadways of County Kerry cut through patchwork fields. Drive alongside the dramatic and rocky coastline. It’s home to some of the most striking castle ruins and charming villages Ireland has to offer. With multiple castles to visit and stay at, County Kerry brings charm and romance to your visit. 

Why We Love Galway

Voted the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2020, Galway has so much to offer its visitors! Don’t worry, it won that distinction before 2020 began – Perched on the coast of Galway Bay, the city of Galway is a buzzing little town full of pubs, shops, and charm.  We recommend strolling down Shop Street, a pedestrian roadway where buskers perform, boutiques entice, and you’ll find the smallest museum in Ireland: the Claddagh Museum.  The famous Claddagh design of two hands holding a crowned heart is believed to have been created in Galway, and it’s a great place to purchase a souvenir Claddagh ring to bring home!

Your Travel Expert knows Ireland and will take the time to learn what’s important to you.  Your itinerary will be designed just for you, to make the most of your time and experience in the Emerald Isle!

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